From the CEO, Fred J. Meis
September is the month for National Assisted Living Week. This year it is recognized from September 13th through the 19th. As in the past Jennifer Bauer has a full week of activities planned for the residents of HinterLong. Our annual audit is in the process of being completed and is scheduled to be presented to the Board of Trustees at the regular September meeting. Last year at this time the board was looking at finalizing the Long Term Care building project and as of today it is running ahead of schedule with a projected completion date of mid-November. The Long Term Care continues to look for nurse aides to fill the open slots as well as a few RN and LPN positions. KCHS is not alone in this shortage as even the larger hospitals and nursing homes are also looking for more help in these areas. We will continue to search for these positions and fill them as soon as possible. We have recently hired for key positions in Long Term Care which will help tremendously as well as filling shifts with our staff who have been willing to pick up additional shifts for which we are most grateful. KCHS has also started the CEO search in order to fill that position due to my retirement at the end of this year. There have been a number of resumes received and the board is preparing to review the resumes of those who are qualified to fill the CEO position. With your help we have accomplished a great deal here at KCHS in the past eight years. I will continue to work with you on the projects in process so that we can move forward with completion of them before the end of the year. Thanks for your support and for all you do to provide the best care for our residents, and patients and for helping to fulfill our KCHS Vision, Mission and Values.
~Fred J. Meis, CEO
Employee of the Month - Charles Phillips (Maintenance)
Charles Phillips was chosen as the September Employee of the Month! He is employed in the Maintenance Department. He has been employed at KCHS for 4 years. Charles was nominated for Employee of the Month because he adapts to whatever is thrown at him throughout his day. He is helpful, friendly, courteous, and works well with others. He is able to switch from job to job everyday. The residents enjoy visiting with him as well.
Charles has 3 children, 1 in Portland, 1 in Chicago, and 1 in West Point. In October, Charles will be going to West Point to pin Major bars on his son when he gets promoted. In his free time, Charles enjoys spending time and traveling with Amy. Together they enjoy history, a large variety of music, and spoiling their grandson, Grayson. Congratulations Charles for being chosen as the September Employee of the Month! Thank you for all that you do for the patients, residents, and staff at KCHS.
Stay Connected - WiFi Available at KCHS
For the convenience of our residents, patients and their visitors, KCHS launched wireless internet service (WiFi). The complimentary wireless access is available throughout the KCHS campus including LTC resident’s rooms, LTC solarium and dining room, hospital patient rooms and lobbies. To use the service, open your wireless device and a login screen will appear. Since the service is password protected, visitors will need to obtain the password. The nurses staff will be glad to assist you.
Welcome New Employees!
Erica Cervantes, RN - Acute Care
Asia Greguras, RN - Long Term Care
Amanda Mason - Long Term Care
Debra Kaenel - Dietary